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''The Empty Mirror'' is a surrealistic psychological drama film.

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''The Empty Mirror'' is a surrealistic psychological drama film.
film released in 1996.

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* LiterallyShatteredLives: When Hitler finally gets fed up with Freud's analysis of his character, he attacks him with a sledge hammer. This causes Freud to break into a dozen pieces as if he were simply a mirror.


Adolf Hitler is trapped inside some sort of Purgatory-esque cave, as he reminisces about his life and philosophies and interacts with phantoms from his past.

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After World War II, Adolf Hitler is trapped inside some sort of Purgatory-esque cave, as he reminisces about his life and philosophies and interacts with phantoms from his past.


* AndIMustScream: Implied to be Hitler's fate. After spending the whole film trying to justify his legacy and the atrocities committed in his name, a white-haired Hitler is eventually left alone with his thoughts, then the walls burst open and submerge him in a river of blood and human bones. By the end he realizes he's trapped and can't escape his past as darkness moves in over him.

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* AndIMustScream: Implied to be Hitler's fate. After spending the whole film trying to justify his legacy and the atrocities committed in his name, a white-haired Hitler is eventually left alone with his thoughts, then the walls burst open and submerge him in a river of blood and human bones. By the end he realizes he's trapped trapped, all alone, and can't escape his past as darkness moves in over him.

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''The Empty Mirror'' is a surrealistic psychological drama film.

Adolf Hitler is trapped inside some sort of Purgatory-esque cave, as he reminisces about his life and philosophies and interacts with phantoms from his past.

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* AndIMustScream: Implied to be Hitler's fate. After spending the whole film trying to justify his legacy and the atrocities committed in his name, a white-haired Hitler is eventually left alone with his thoughts, then the walls burst open and submerge him in a river of blood and human bones. By the end he realizes he's trapped and can't escape his past as darkness moves in over him.
* CentralTheme: Evil devours itself.
* TheGrimReaper: Death appears several times as a woman in all black wielding a knife and apparently approving of all the destruction that the Nazis wrought, although Hitler is equally intrigued by and terrified of her.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Aside from Hitler and his inner circle, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud is a supporting character. Hitler at first dismisses Freud's psychoanalysis as "Jewish lies", but Freud's commentary eventually starts to [[SanitySlippage crack at Hitler's remaining sanity]].
* MindScrew: The movie is largely metaphorical, seeming to take place either in some sort of Purgatory-like location, or inside Hitler's mind, with every other character being some sort of figment of his imagination.
* NaziProtagonist: The whole film delves into the psychology of Adolf Hitler.
* RuleOfSymbolism: ''Heavily'' runs on this. Many things happen randomly or just to be symbolic. Since the whole thing is implied to take place inside Hitler's mind, this makes sense.
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